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Although God's law was broken by Adam, and we, in our own persons, have sinned exceedingly: Christ, our Surety, and Covenant Head, hath fulfilled all righteousness for us, and made our peace with God, by the blood of his Cross.

Thou art called then, O believer, to glory in Christ, and live unto God, by the saith of him; let thy fruit therefore be unto holiness, resisting unto blood, striving against sin, in the strength of Christ; for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, thro' Jesus Christ cur Lord*.

To whom be glory, and power everlasting.
Amen.

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SERMON V.

Acts, Xx. it.

Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, andfaitb toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

TH E principal doctrines which the Apostle Paul every where preached, and insisted on, were those two mentioned in the Text.

They are necesiary to salvation; and therefore it highly concerns all men to be well acquainted with them, and believe them.

To this the Apostle bore witness, as one adjured* or sworn of God, to declare it, which himself also was fully assured of, and steadfastly believed.

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Influenced therefore by the love of truth, and the Spirit of God, he publicly preached and testified; that all men, whether Jews or Gentiles, must repent and believe the Gospel,- or perish everlastingly.

Now, repentance'toward God, and faith toward out Lard Jesus Christ, are i/mmnaiy of Gospel doctrine i including, or implying whatsoever tends to destroy the old man, and build up the new in its stead; and hence they become foundation principles of life; and salvation to mankind: for in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any things nor Uttcircumifibn, hut a new creature *.

It is certain that no flesh can be saved without this repentance, and faith, which Paul preached: for, as a witness of God, he testified, that this was God's appointed way of bringing to himself, and saving lost sinners: Vain therefore are the hopes of those men that do not repent, and believe the Gospel; but their hope is sure, and well-grounded, who- turn to God by Jesus Christ, not feignedly, but with the whole heart.-:

. Our Text consists of two general propositions:

I. Repen• Gal. vi. 15.

I. Repentance toward God.

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II. Faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

My design at present is to treat of the first only,.

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Repentance toward God.

Which I shall attempt in the following man

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First, By shewing what is not repentance toward God J and then,

Secondly, By shewing, what it is.

Lastly, I shall conclude with suitable inferences.

First then, I am to shew, what is not re-, pentance.

It cannot be disputed that where the heart remains under sin's dominion, or is govern'd by^rigbteous principles, there can be no repentance toward God: Therefore,

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